Northern Ireland

Carnfunnock Country Park: 'Dissident republican link' to explosives find

Police at the scene of the explosives haul find at Carnfunnock Country Park, near Larne Image copyright Pacemaker
Image caption Bomb components and explosives were found buried in barrels in Carnfunnock Country Park

Police believe a "significant terrorist hide" uncovered at a County Antrim country park belonged to a dissident republican group, the BBC understands.

An explosives haul was found buried in wooded land at Carnfunnock in Ballygally, near Larne, on Sunday.

It included items used to make under-car booby-trap bombs, understood to be similar to that used in an attack on a prison officer in Belfast on Friday.

The components are due to be forensically examined this week.

A report by a member of the public on Saturday of a suspicious object led police to uncover the explosives and bomb components.

Targets

Police said the items were inside small plastic barrels, and included "partially constructed devices".

A dissident republican group referred to as the new IRA has claimed responsibility for Friday's attack in which a bomb exploded under a prison officer's van.

Police will not comment on the nature of the device, but in a statement the new IRA said it contained Semtex explosives and a commercial detonator.

The prison officer suffered serious injuries in the explosion and the dissident group said he was on a list of "potential targets".

Four people have been arrested over the attack.

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